Join a Life Group!


Life Groups

Now Forming at Ascension Lutheran School

Our first wave of Life Group Hosts (leaders), are trained and ready for action! Seeking fellow parents and families who want to…

Connect          Develop          Grow

In a most authentic way.

A Life Group is a small group that gathers to enjoy time of fellowship, scripture, and prayer. Life Groups meet different days of the week, at various times and locations. Ascension Lutheran Church and School encourages everyone to be a part of an active Life Group.

Read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information about Life Groups. Interested in connecting to a Life Group? Click the button below to complete the form:

 

Life Group Frequently Asked Questions

What is a life group? A life group is a gathering of approximately 6–12 people who meet regularly. Though groups will differ in how they do things from week to week, most groups spend time catching up with one another at the beginning, then move into a time of Christian study, and conclude in prayer. Occasionally, groups also enjoy getting together socially outside of the regularly scheduled group time. We think of it as “Doing Life Together.”

What do Life Groups study? All studies are rooted in the Christian Faith but their topics vary greatly based on the interests and needs of the group. Raising children, strengthening marriage, caring for elderly parents, or study a book or topic from the Bible are some examples. The formats range from book club like discussions where participants read between sessions to video‐based studies with no expectation of “homework” outside of meeting.

Why would I want to join a life group?

  • Connection – By seeking deeper connections we develop a stronger sense of community and belonging. Meeting regularly creates opportunities for deeper friendships and creates an authentic bond between members. You’ll discover the joy of experiencing life with genuine friends who accept you for who you are and for who you are becoming.
  • Encouragement – As parents, we all have our ups and downs. Meeting with people who are traveling
    on the same path and in the same life stage, allows sharing of struggles and celebrating of good times.
    Spiritual Growth – a small group environment is a safe place to explore, ask questions and grow in your faith.

Where do we look for guidance? We believe the Bible has a lot to say about the world in which we are raising our children. By sharing in the Word, we grow in our Faith.

How much Bible knowledge do I need? None. A life group is a safe place for individuals to learn and grow together through group discussion. People are at various points in their relationship with God and knowledge of the Bible, and we believe that is what makes the time together rich and enjoyable for all.

How often do life groups meet? The actual day and time of life group meetings are determined by each individual group. Most groups meet weekly or bi‐weekly. Often groups take a break over summer and near Christmas when school is out.

Where do life groups meet? Most groups meet in homes, but some meet at Ascension, coffee shops, etc.
Is it okay to check out a life group and not join? Certainly, you may check out a group and your decision to join can be made after your visit. No obligations.

How long does a typical life group stay together? Life groups stay together for the time period they chose
and this can vary from 6 weeks to years.

How do I join a life group? Life groups are being formed for Ascension School parents this fall. We encourage you to complete a sign‐up form (available at the school office) and return it to your child’s teacher. You will be contacted shortly by one of our life group leaders.

Questions? Use the button below if you have questions or would like more information.

Don’t Miss the Fall Fiesta


All Ascension families and friends are invited to join us at the Fall Fiesta on October 6, from 4-7 PM, for an evening of fun, food, and fellowship! Free admission includes carnival games and activities. Bring cash for additional fun: Catered Taco Dinner $15 per person, raffle tickets for fabulous prizes, bake sale, petting zoo, cake walk, and bounce houses! Please RSVP below:

Fall Fiesta

Join us on October 6, 4-7 PM for fun, food, and fellowship at the Fall Fiesta!
  • Dinner will be catered by Fiesta Tacos and includes tacos, rice & beans, quesadillas, and a beverage.

 

Mark Your Calendars!


The 2018/19 School Calendars for both the Early Childhood Center (ALECC) and TK-8 campuses are now available! We are pleased to announce that, as a convenience to our families, we have aligned the start date as well as holidays and breaks throughout the year. The calendars listing these key dates can be downloaded here. Remember, the website calendar is the source for specific event dates.

 

Transitional Kindergarten – Frequently Asked Questions


Should I consider Transitional Kindergarten for my child?

We often say that a Transitional Kindergarten year is truly a gift you can offer to your child. At Ascension, the appropriate candidate for TK is one who is a bit young to start Kindergarten but is excited and ready to begin exploring kindergarten concepts. On the flip side, if your child is Kindergarten age, but you feel that a 2-year Kindergarten option will give them the opportunity to mature socially, emotionally, and academically to ensure future success in school, then we also encourage you to consider a Transitional Kindergarten year. At Ascension, we require that our TK students turn 5-years-old by the end of December. A unique aspect of our program is that at the end of the TK year students are evaluated for placement in either traditional kindergarten, but in some cases, we may determine that a student has met all the standards academically and socially and should advance to first grade. Essentially, TK gives your child that extra time, assurance, and confidence that increases their readiness for the challenges that await them in subsequent grades.

How Are Kindergarten standards introduced in TK?

Children at this age learn largely through play. At Ascension, Transitional Kindergarten students are provided with opportunities both inside and outside to learn math, language, art, and social concepts through play and discovery. We begin with an excellent creative curriculum that introduces the kindergarten standards at an age-appropriate pace while encouraging students to explore their interests and use their unique voice so that we instill a love of learning from a young age.  We are in the process of becoming a Nature Explore Certified school and have developed an outdoor classroom space and teaching garden that allows our students to be inspired by nature as they create, learn, and explore the curriculum standards that are introduced.

Is Transitional Kindergarten a full day?

Yes, our Transitional Kindergarten students enjoy a full school day from 8:30 AM-3: 00 PM.  This affords them plenty of time for the introduction of academic lessons as well as play-based exploration, specialty classes, fun activities, and a read and rest time in the afternoon. Especially during the beginning of the school year, we find that students might take a nap during the read and rest time and that is absolutely fine! Built into each day are three opportunities for Outdoor Exploration Time. The majority of core lessons are presented during the morning hours. For TK students we do offer an option to pick-up at 1:00 PM, as we understand that some younger students may prefer a shorter day. We do find, as the year progresses, that most students want to stay the whole day as to not miss out on any of the fun!

What are the options for after-school care?

Ascension offers Extended Care as a safe, fun, and flexible option for daily before and after school care for your children. The hours are 7-8 AM and 3:15-6:00 PM and the cost is $7 per hour.  This service can be used on an as-needed basis. Additionally, the school offers a variety of afterschool enrichment classes that vary by trimester but typically include choir, art, woodshop, sports, and music classes.

What are the benefits of having my child in a Transitional Kindergarten environment?

At Ascension, we have credentialed teachers overseeing the curriculum and teaching our Transitional Kindergarten Class. The standards are introduced and taught in a way that helps ensure Kindergarten readiness.  According to a Study, The Impact of Transitional Kindergarten on California Students, TK gives students an advantage at kindergarten entry on a range of literacy and mathematics skills, including letter and word identification, phonological awareness, expressive vocabulary, problem-solving, and knowledge of mathematical symbols and concepts.

Teachers here have also noted social and emotional benefits to exposing students to the TK-8 campus environment. Students in our program benefit from attending weekly chapel services and establishing a special relationship with a “chapel buddy” a mentor from our 7th-grade class. TK students also participate in specialty classes including music, PE, and garden time. What we see from these interactions and operating within the larger school is a boost in maturity and confidence that dramatically eases the transition to the next grade levels.

How do I learn more?

We invite you to Schedule a Tour to get to know our TK and Kindergarten program better.

Tomato Journey 2018


Each year, Ascension students, age 4-years through 8th-grade from our church and school, plant and grow tomato seeds beginning in February. The annual tomato sale at Ascension provides our students with opportunities to:

  • Develop a sense of marketing and business practices
  • Discover the basics of gardening
  • Learn to care for creation and eat healthily
  • Identify intersection points with science, math, writing and religion curriculum
  • Raise funds to support our Organic Teaching Garden
  • Build community amongst other students, school families, church members and the wider Conejo Valley

Join us for this year’s Tomato Sale – happening on Earth Day Weekend!

Friday, April 20, 2:30-5:30 PM (with farm animals onsite!), Saturday, April 21, 5:30-7:30, and

Sunday, April 22, 9:00-1:30 (with a picnic lunch at noon).

 With 35 varieties of tomatoes available, we have developed a helpful guide to help you decide! Check out the 2018 Tomato Variety Descriptions.

 

Watch Me Grow! – a special event for future TK and Kindergarten students


A Special Invitation for all Future TK and Kindergarten Students

Monday, April 23 from 8:30-9:30 at Ascension Lutheran School

Watch Me Grow!” is a special event designed specifically for future Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students and their parents. You are invited to discover the wonderful world of Kindergarten on Monday, April 23, from 8:30-9:30 AM at Ascension Lutheran School. Future TK and Kindergarten Students* will enjoy a morning of fun activities with our awesome TK and Kinder teachers – exploring the Outdoor Classrooms, participating in exciting activities, and story time! It’s an awesome opportunity to get a taste of what to expect as they prepare for TK or Kindergarten next year! Parents are welcome to stay and enjoy some coffee and treats. You will have an opportunity to ask questions about TK and Kindergarten and tours of the campus will be offered.
There is no charge for this event, but advanced registration is required – Complete the form below to registerDouble the fun and invite a friend to come with you! (just be sure to reserve their spot in advance too).
*Participants must be 5 or turning 5 by the end of December 2018. This camp is open to those who are already registered in Ascension’s TK/Kinder program for next year, those who are still considering a TK or Kinder program, as well as those who plan to attend a different school next year. For all, it will be a valuable experience in getting your child excited for the adventures ahead! Participants who attend preschool here at ALECC, parents are welcome to drop off and we will walk your child to their classroom at 9:30 AM.
 

 

Reserve Your Spot

"Watch Me Grow!" Registration

Future TK and Kindergarten Students are invited to join us on April 23, from 8:30-9:30 AM for a fun morning with our teachers!
  • *Participants must be 5 or turning 5 by the end of December 2018.

Summer Staycation 2018: Registration Now Open


Weekly Themed Camps – June 11- August 17 (7:30 AM-5:30 PM Daily)

This summer your children can enjoy enriching adventures, engaging activities and lasting friendships in the same safe and loving environment that you trust throughout the year. Registration forms are available in the School Office, Extended Care Room, and ALECC 4’s Classroom. Here are some important things to know about camp this year:

  • Open to Ascension Church and School students incoming grades TK-8, including ALECC graduating 4’s
  • Bring a packed lunch to camp each day
  • Field trips on select days:
    • Wear your camp shirt!
    • Open to 1st Grade and older
    • Alternative activities onsite for children who do not attend field trips
    • Transportation provided by Roadrunner Shuttle ($15 transportation fee)

 

Theme Weeks

Each week will be a new adventure with a designated theme! On-site activities and field trips will be scheduled to complement the themes. The field trip schedule will be finalized by the end of May.

Summer Staycation 2018 Theme Weeks:

  • June 11: Welcome Week
  • June 18: Game Show Mania
  • June 25: Sports
  • July 2: Fairy Tale Crusader (closed 7/4)
  • July 9: H2O
  • July 16: Olympic
  • July 23: Ascension Vacation Bible School
  • July 30: Star Wars
  • August 6: Animals
  • August 13: Disney
Daily Schedule

Each day will provide some familiar structure for campers while introducing fresh new activities:

  • Nutrition and Free Play
  • Activity
  • Lunch Time
  • Activity
  • Free Play
  • Activity
  • Wrap Up

Activities will be customized based on age groupings of camp attendees.

Weekly Activities

Science Mondays! Every Monday we will conduct a new experiment together and learn some of the many fascinating marvels of science. Experiments will include dancing raisins, liquid layers, water bottle rockets, and more.

Crafting and Coloring with Cortni!  Cortni will be leading arts and crafts each week, helping children develop an appreciation for art while improving the younger campers’ fine motor skills and focus.

Sports with Us: Summer Series! New sports will be taught every week by Zach, our game master. Through sports, children will gain motor and foundational skill development as they learn the game rules and the value of teamwork, all while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle.

Summer Homesteading! Each Homesteading time will begin with enjoyable weekly chores—refilling bird feeders, turning compost, weeding and watering.  A special focus will be emphasized at each lesson with students rotating through three stations—the hands-on station in the garden, the learning station in the Nature Center, and the craft station in the shaded area.

Pricing

With a flexible pricing structure and affordable rates, Summer Staycation is a great value for summer fun!

Monday-Friday  7:30 AM—5:30 PM

Whole Week Rate: $225

Full Day: $60

Field Trips  $15 transportation fee

Registration Fee: $45 per child before April 20, and $60 after April 20. Includes a camp  shirt.

Payment billed via your TADS account or check payable to Ascension Lutheran School (if you do not have a TADS account).

You may register and select your dates in the School Office, Extended Care Room, or ALECC 4’s Class.

Modifications to your selected dates must be confirmed with the camp director by the Friday before the modified week.

A $25 administrative charge will be applied for no-shows for each pre-reserved camp day.

Meet the Director

Spencer Gottmer is our Extended Care Director and the Director for Summer Staycation. Spencer has been a valued member of our Extended Care team for three years. In addition to his time spent here at Ascension, Spencer brings over seven years of athletic coaching experience for all ages. He is an Exercise Science Major at Cal Lutheran with an emphasis in Human Performance and will be graduating in May. He has planned an exciting summer packed full of fun adventures that all children will love! Spencer and his enthusiastic staff will ensure that campers have a fantastic time growing and playing in a positive environment!

 

Deeply Rooted – Annual Fund 2017/18


Greetings Families and Friends,

Today we are launching our 2017/18 Annual Fund. This year’s theme is “Deeply Rooted”. The Annual Fund helps to cover the gap between tuition and the cost of educating each student. The fund provides support for athletics, the arts, music, the latest technology, teaching tools and equipment, classroom renovations, and the continued development of our Nature Explore outdoor classroom.

Join us this week in celebrating all the ways our school is Deeply Rooted and please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Annual Fund. Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and are a direct investment in our students. There is a suggested donation of $75 per student to help us reach our overall goal, and there are giving levels offering additional benefits as a sign of our appreciation (including complimentary tickets to the Spring Auction – See Giving Levels).

 

Community Goal: If, as a community, we reach our goal of raising $50,000 by December 22, then EVERYONE who contributed to the Annual Fund at ANY LEVEL will receive a Free-Dress Week, the week prior to the Annual Spring Auction!

We also encourage you to join us for Family Night at California Pizza Kitchen this Thursday Night – 20% of all proceeds will be donated back to the Annual Fund. I hope to see you there!

Friday morning we will celebrate with Chick-Fil-A on campus offering a free breakfast treat to our students (you may want to drop off a few minutes early Friday so your student(s) can enjoy the fun!) Please know that we are deeply rooted in gratitude for your commitment to the future of our school.

In His Service,

Karen Jonas, Principal

Join Us for Kindergarten Science Exploration Night


Thursday, October 26, 5:30-7:00 PM

Pre-K Students and their Parents are invited to get a glimpse of the wonderful world of kindergarten! Parents will learn from our experienced kindergarten teachers as they share insights on kindergarten readiness, keys for a successful year, and the potential benefits of a transitional kindergarten year. Children are invited next door to explore age-appropriate science centers run by pre-school teachers. It will be a time of discovery and fun! Pizza dinner will be served. There is no charge, but space is limited. Reserve your spot today!